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Craig Calcaterra

  1. A pretty spiffy scoreboard retrospective

    Jun 21, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Mental Floss has a great article up today going over various unique scoreboard designs from the past 100 years. At the risk of losing your respect I’m going to admit that I really like the guitar-shaped one. There. I said it.

  2. The Nats send John Lannan . . . somewhere

    Jun 21, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    MASN’s Ben Goessling tweeted a few minutes ago that the Nationals were sending starter John Lannan to Syracuse. Then he deleted the tweet and said that it could be Harrisburg. He wasn’t sure, really, but Lannan’s locker was empty, so it had to be one of those, right? (UPDATE: it’s Harrisburg). Either way, Nats fans…

  3. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Jun 21, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    The pic tells you who number one is. But how about the other 29?

  4. Lots of teams are interested in David Aardsma

    Jun 21, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    Mariners closer David Aardsma is “already drawing a lot of interest” says Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.  I can’t recall any reports of the Mariners actively shopping him, but given where they are in the grand scheme of things right now, they should be accepting offers for everyone not named Felix Hernandez. Aardsma’s ERA…

  5. The Indians send David Huff down to Columbus

    Jun 21, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    This isn’t the most Earth-shattering news — the dude was 2-9 with a 6.04 ERA in 13 starts, and that doesn’t fly with even a terrible team like Cleveland — but it is notable for two reasons. (1) I will no longer be able to use my old warhourse “minute and a Huff” joke in…

  6. The Rockies may be interested in Ty Wigginton

    Jun 21, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    Tracy Ringolsby reports that the Orioles had a scout at Colorado Springs yesterday watching Rockies’ prospect Esmil Rogers pitch.  His take: that the Rockies could have an interest in the O’s second baseman Ty Wigginton and that O’s were thus scouting players they’d expect in return. Makes sense. Wigginton has been one of the lone…

  7. Quote of the Day: Jon Heyman on Jerry Manuel

    Jun 21, 2010, 11:13 AM EDT

    Jon Heyman isn’t a stats guy, but he has totally quantified “vibes”

  8. Are the Rangers targeting Cliff Lee?

    Jun 21, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

    It’s often hard to tell what the question was that led to a given answer in an interview, but this story in today’s Dallas Morning News suggests that the Rangers are targeting Cliff Lee. I say “suggests” because it’s rare that any GM will say “yeah, we’re interested in such-and-such a guy,” and in fact…

  9. Are the Mets looking to trade Mejia?

    Jun 21, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    Mike Silva wonders if the Mejia-to-the-minors thing isn’t a prelude to the Mets dealing him. It’s an interesting thought.  The Mets declined to make this kind of move when they actually needed a starting pitcher pretty badly a few weeks ago. Now that R.A. Dickey and Jon Niese have stepped up, perhaps the Mets are…

  10. A-Rod, Posada inconveniently day-to-day next week

    Jun 21, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said yesterday that both Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada are “day-to-day” for this week. Which is a problem because New York plays in NL parks over the next two series, so Girardi can’t DH either of them. The only obvious problem with this Yankees team entering the season was age and…

  11. Hard Hittin' Mark Whiten does it again

    Jun 21, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT

    I watched Mark Whiten hit four homers against the Reds in 1993 and thought it was really something.  Yesterday Whiten played in the Hall of Fame Classic and hit two out, winning the game’s MVP honors. He also won the pre-game home run derby. It’s a different game now that active major leaguers don’t play…

  12. John McDonald hits an emotional home run

    Jun 21, 2010, 9:23 AM EDT

    The home run was enough as it was, but the quote is an absolute killer.

  13. Humberto Quintero gets whacked in the head

    Jun 21, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

    I’m surprised this doesn’t happen more often: Astros’ catcher Humberto Quintero was hit on the side of the head with Adres Blanco’s backswing during yesterday’s Astros-Rangers game. The video is here. You can hear the bat smack Quintero’s helmet. One of those hockey-style helmets, by the way, which you have to figure was the best…

  14. The Mets send Jenrry Mejia down, plan on making him a starter again

    Jun 21, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    The Mets, whose recent winning ways have apparently stimulated some brain cells in management, have finally done what they should have done weeks ago and have sent Jenrry Mejia down to the minors to stretch out and get converted back into a starting pitcher.  He’ll ply his trade in Double-A Binghamton. I’ve beat this drum…

  15. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jun 21, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. Those who missed what happened over the weekend, however, have a second chance to catch up.

  16. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 21, 2010, 5:36 AM EDT

    CC Sabathia fattens up his stats against the Metropolitans. And if you think that’s a cheap joke, wait until you see what I say about the Giants.

  17. Comment of the Day: Don't hate on "Field of Dreams!"

    Jun 18, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Earlier today I slammed Field of Dreams as a “New Age mess.”  Reader DG1965 — who is either an Astromech Droid or a 45 year-old person with the initials “DG” — took issue with that characterization: Your take down of Field of Dreams is ridiculous. Or else you were the only male in the theater…

  18. Chase Utley doesn't think he's injured

    Jun 18, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    Yesterday we had scouts and execs saying that Chase Utley is injured, and earlier today one of his own coaches said he had a knee injury.  Chase Utley isn’t having any of that, though.  Utley just told Todd Zolecki “In my opinion there’s no injury whatsoever.” So I guess that means that either Utley isn’t…

  19. The Braves are winning. And it's not because of "grit"

    Jun 18, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

    Some folks would have you believe that the Braves are winning because they get their pants dirty. Please ignore this.

  20. The Red Sox designate Boof Bonser for assignment

    Jun 18, 2010, 4:27 PM EDT

    The Red Sox designated pitcher Boof Bonser for assignment. Shocker, there. Bonser has spent most of the season on the DL, and the two occasions he has pitched he has been shelled, allowing four runs in two innings. Bonser was a failed starter who had some promise when he was moved to the pen in…

  21. News Flash: team performs worse against good teams than bad ones

    Jun 18, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

    I noticed this kicking around the Twitterverse last night and this morning, but the meme developed fully this afternoon: Oh noes! The Yankees don’t play well against good teams! That’s the refrain from the New York Times today, which notes: The Yankees’ struggles against better teams have received little attention, and it is no wonder…

  22. Not all baseball movies are "Bull Durham"

    Jun 18, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    Baseball movies are difficult beasts because baseball, by its very nature, doesn’t lend itself well to the Hollywood forumla. Rarely is there “one big game” and no amount of training montages can really convincingly turn someone into a champ. The drama of the game is just a bit too nuanced for the rah-rah, ya know?…

  23. The Yankees sign first round pick Cito Culver

    Jun 18, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    The Yankees agreed to terms with their first round pick and would-be-shortstop-of-the-future Cito Culver. He’ll receive a signing bonus of $940,000, which is reportedly the Bud Selig-recommended slot. Why are the Yankees suddenly paying slot?  A couple of reasons. The main one is that the 17-year-old Culver wasn’t projected as a first-round pick by many…

  24. Quote of the Day: Angry Bob Smizik is angry

    Jun 18, 2010, 1:27 PM EDT

    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist is as mad as hell and he’s not gonna take it anymore.

  25. Bad idea jeans: The Marlins are handing out vuvuzelas tomorrow

    Jun 18, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    I’m not following the World Cup closely enough to be able to say anything all that insightful. I know that England gave us that goal we got in the first game. I know we got boned this morning in the Slovenia game. I know that everyone hates the vuvuzelas too. In fact, these plastic horns…

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